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Days of Thunder – November 1976 The Mighty Thor #253: Part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
“The Weapon and the Warrior! Pt 2”
David Kraft, author/ Pablo Marcos, artist/ Irving Watanabe, letterer/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Len Wein, editor

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Thor and the Storm Giant fight some more. He eventually realizes that (much like Sigurd), the Storm Giant is vulnerable when not touching the ground. That turns the tide, but they keep fighting, until finally the Giant bursts into laughter. Thor joins the Giant in laughter, as he realizes that they have no reason to fight. He walks away from the Giant, leaving his dead horse behind.

Days of Thunder – October 1976 The Mighty Thor #252: Part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
“The Weapon and the Warrior”
David Kraft, author/ Pablo Marcos, artist/ J. Costanza, letterer/ Glynis Wein, colorist/ Len Wein, editor proudly present a two-part tribute to the most widely-acclaimed mythological mini-series of all time!!

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After an absence of more than 100 issues, the Tales of Asgard feature has made a return, temporary though it may be. This story takes place immediately after the events of issue #102.

Young Thor, having newly obtained Mjolnir, stumbles upon an unnamed young Storm Giant, fresh from an apprenticeship in the mines and workshops of the Trolls. The two get into a fight over nothing. The Giant throws a rock at Thor’s horse, killing it. Thor falls to the ground, drops his hammer, and the Giant captures Thor with Troll magic, before preparing to kill the young Godling with a boulder.

Days of Thunder – October 1967 The Mighty Thor #145 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The End!”
Know Ye All.. Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby have for thee alone, created yonder masterwork!/ Aided, most ably, by: Vincent Colletta, Embellisher/ Artie Simek, Letterer/ Thus Speaketh Forbush!

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After Alibar gives Hogun the flag of his still-as-of-yet-unnamed people, finally do the heroes seize the palace of Mogul, only to discover that the villain has fled. They use Mogul’s mystic paraphanalia to discover the truth: he intends to use his vial of Spotted Plague to wipe out ever living person in Hogun’s unnamed Asiatic land.

By combining Hogun and Alibar’s respective mystic arts and channeling it through Mogul’s scrying crystal, the heroes are able to slay Mogul with a shattering bolt of Temporal Force. Apparently all this time, grim mace-wielding Hogun knew magic spells.

Thor, Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral leave Zanadu as Alibar assumes the throne. As this story comes to a close, so too does this feature.

This is the last installment of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Tales of Asgard, a feature so good that over time the main Thor feature began to resemble it more and more, eventually making Tales redundant.

One installment shy of fifty, we leave Tales of Asgard with the mystery of the cracked Odinsword sadly unresolved.  It will briefly be replaced by a Inhumans feature, which while outside the purview of Days of Thunder, is largely delightful.

First Appearance: Temporal Force

Days of Thunder – September 1967 The Mighty Thor #144 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Beginning of the End!”
By the Flaming Fury of Forbush, here by Grandeur, Freely Given… As Conceived and Created by: Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby/ Embellished by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by Sam Rosen

Thor and his friends continue to fight the unkillable hordes of Satan. As the demon riders regroup, the Asgardians are joined by Alibar the Vagabond. As the four heroes turn to face the horsemen they bellow “For Asgard!”, only to be met by an even louder reply of “For Satan!”

The two forces charge at each other but before they meet, all forty of Satan’s horsemen are taken out by a single blast of returning Volstagg’s recently acquired enchanted rod.

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Days of Thunder – August 1967 The Mighty Thor #143 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “To the Death!”

Thou too should be congratulated, for– Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby Plus;  Bill Everett, Embellisher and: Artie Simek, Letterer  –have created yon saga just for thee!

While Thor, Fandrall, and Hogun fight Satan’s Forty Horsemen, Volstagg attempts to flirt Mogul’s location out of the warlord’s unnamed sister. In response to his flirting, she drops him down a trap door but he pulls her down with him. They end up in Mogul’s chamber of doom.

Together they travel across the Sea of Lizards and use an incredibly unsubtle enchanted rod of wondrous wizard power to fight Mutaurus, a Minotaur who had the gall to call Volstagg “fat.”

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First Appearance: Mogul’s Sister, Mutaurus

Days of Thunder – July 1967 The Mighty Thor #142 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “We Who are About to Die…!”

Face it, faithful one.. Stan (The Man) Lee and Jack (King) Kirby have done it again!  Aided by– Vince Colletta, Inker/ Artie Simek, Letterer

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Nothing really happens in this issue.  Mogul is delivered a vial of poison before he gets on his techno-magic carpet.  The act of serializing Tales of Asgard, has given the feature serious pacing issues.

Days of Thunder – June 1967 The Mighty Thor #141 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Alibar and the Forty Demons!”
Hail Ye All, This Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Commodious Creation! Inking: Vince Colletta/ Lettering Art Simek

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The nature of the geography of Asgard has always been a little vague. Asgard is a city that connects to Earth via a rainbow bridge. The Aesir that live in Asgard can travel by foot or by horse to other lands. The implication is that Asgard is one city in a larger world that has a direct portal to our world. Somehow it doesn’t seem quite right or accurate to think of this world as a “planet”. At any rate, the unnamed section of the larger world of Asgard that Thor and his friends have found themselves in is weirdly Arabic except for where it is weirdly Mongolian.

Hogun and his friends have smashed their way into Xanadu, fighting off guards left and right as they search for Mogul. As they close in, Mogul uses his power of enchantment to turn one of his enemies, Alibar the Thief, into an elite guardsman.  Alibar is then forced to fight Hogun and friends.

Here’s the kicker, Mogul also summons Satan’s Forty Horsemen! Apparently Satan has a regiment of demonic riders of undead horses and Mogul has access to those dragoons. This naturally raises all sorts of questions about Satan. Also, while Vince Colletta is typically the weak link in these Thor stories, he inks the hell out of Satan’s Horsemen Forty.  Er, so to speak.

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First Appearance: Alibar the Thief, Satan’s Forty Horsemen

Days of Thunder – April 1967 The Mighty Thor #139 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Secret of the Mystic Mountain!”
A Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Rhapsodic Rabelasian Romp/ Inked by Vince Colletta/ Lettered by Art Simek

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Hogun and the gang go to where Wazir’s magic stick told them they would find the Mystic Mountain but are confounded to find nothing but desolate plains. Finally, Thor figures it out. They were looking for a normal sky-mountain, but not all mountains reach upward. Mogul’s mountain city of Zanadu is inside a reverse-mountain.

Zanadu is a city built in a giant hollow crystal stalactite over top of an even more giant underground cave. Thor and company are standing above this whole thing but now that they’ve figured it out they can start smashing their way downward with hammer and mace, which they do.

Once they have created an opening, they are met by Mogul’s genie slave, named Jinni Devil. Jinni is ready for a fight.

First Appearance: Zanadu

Days of Thunder – January 1967: The Mighty Thor #136 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “There Shall Come a Miracle!”

Garnished with Glory in the Marvel Tradition by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby/ Delineated by: Vince Colletta * Lettered by: Sam Rosen

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Thor defeats Fafnir and rescues Volstagg. Upon the dragon’s death a miracle occurs. Rain comes to Nastrond, which in time will lead to the return of life.

 

 

Days of Thunder – October 1966: The Mighty Thor #133 part 2

Tale of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Valhalla!”
A Stan Lee – Jack Kirby Production/ Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Sam Rosen (May their armor never tarnish!)

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Haroken is placed on the Black Stallion of Death as Hela, Goddess of Death and her Valkyrie Guard come to collect him. All present stand solemnly as she takes the barbarian away. Eventually, Hela takes her leave as the Valkyries lead the stallion into Valhalla where Harokin shall forever revel in eternal battle.

Of course, in issue #117, Valhalla was said to be the name of Odin’s ceremonial chamber, not a paradise for fallen warriors.  This is  a separate location Clearly Odin named his chamber after this netherworld.

Days of Thunder – September 1966: The Mighty Thor #132 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Dark Horse of Death!”
Script Writing: Stan Lee/ Picture Drawing: Jack Kirby/ Panel Inking: Vince Colletta/ Word Lettering: Sam Rosen/ Armor Polishing: Irving Forbush

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Having defeated Harokin and secured the Warlock’s Eye, Thor and his compatriots free the people of Muspelheim. Soon they hear the Drumbeat of Mourning. This  percussion means that the death of a mighty warrior is at hand, for the drumbeat will draw the Black Stallion of Doom.

Soon the dark horse arrives. It is drawn to Harokin, graceful in defeat and near death. It stops outside of Harokin’s room, as Thor reflects upon the respect he has gained for the man he has mortally wounded.

First Appearance:  The Drumbeat of Mourning, The Black Stallion of Doom

Days of Thunder – August 1966: The Mighty Thor #131 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Warlock’s Eye!”
Lee wrote it! Kirby Drew it! Colletta inked it! Simek lettered it! No wonder it’s another magnificent Marvel Masterwork!

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Thor’s plan to impersonate Harokin works and two guards eagerly rush to retrieve the Eye. Unfortunately, voluminous Volstagg was not let in on the plan, and he fights those guards and many others before claiming the eye and turning it against his remaining foes.

Days of Thunder – June 1966: The Mighty Thor #129 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Hordes of Harokin!”
Fabulously Written by… Stan Lee/ Fantastically Drawn by… Jack Kirby/ Fastidiously Inked by… V. Colletta/ Finally Lettered by… Artie Simek

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After the revelations of Ragnarok, Loki is dragged away to the Well of Eternal Sleep by guards even as he wails protests of innocence. It seems Odin is punishing his son for his future crimes that have yet to be perpetrated. He is dumped into a hole, where he is suspended in a state of Kirby Crackle.

This whole quest to discover who cracked the Oversword seems to have lost focus. After accomplishing nothing at sea, Odin now charges Thor, Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral to visit Musphelheim to collect a powerful magic helmet known as the Warlock’s Eye. Odin wishes to keep this artifact out of the hands of the forces of evil in the face of the coming Ragnarok.

However, a warlord named Harokin has already claimed the Warlock’s eye as his own.  Its mighty power is enabling him to  conquer Muspelheim. With the Eye, he can unleash a deadly beam from his eye-shaped helmet, decimating any forces before him.

First Appearance: Kirby Crackle, Harokin, Muspelheim, The Warlock’s Eye

Days of Thunder – February 1966: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #125 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Queen Commands”

None but Marvel’s Stan Lee could tell such a tale! None but Marvel’s Jack Kirby could draw such a tale! None but Marvel’s Vince Coletta could ink such a tale! None but Marvel’s Artie Simek could be such a pussycat!

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The Argonauts of the Odinship find themselves surrounded by flying trolls. It is a standoff, one which Thor tries to defuse. He is making headway in this tense situation when Loki bombards the trolls with a blast of poison vapor.

Thor yells at Loki while the knave claims victory. As the poison fog disperses, the trolls come back for a second pass, seizing Loki with grappling rings. The trolls take the villain back to their hive while Thor and the crew of the Odinship pursue.

Days of Thunder – January 1966: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #124 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Closer Comes the Swarm”
How gallant, this script by: Stan Lee/ How glorious, this artwork by: Jack Kirby/ How gracious, this inking by: Vince Colletta/ How come? This lettering by: Artie Simek

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After the Utgard incident, Balder drinks Hogun’s Elixir of Healing, while Loki schemes with his confederates. The voyage continues, the mutiny seemingly forgotten, but this is a ship divided. It is during this period of regrouping that the Odinship finds itself under attack by a swarm of flying trolls from the legendary Stone Nest of Thryheim! Led by the bizarrely beautiful Queen Ula, the flying trolls wish to claim the Odinship as their prize!

First Appearance: Queen Ula, The flying trolls of Thryheim

Days of Thunder – November 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #122 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “The Grim Specter of Mutiny!”

A Stan Lee Story Spectacular!  A Jack Kirby Penciling Panorama!  A Vince Colletta Delineation Drama!  An Artie Simek Lettering Landmark!

tales 122Loki leads a group of the crew in a mutiny but several Asgardians come to Thor’s defense, including Hogun, Fandril, and Volstagg. The loyalists kill enough mutineers to maintain control, but while this fighting goes on, the ship is pulled between the Pillars of Utgar.

Days of Thunder – October 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #121 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Malestrom!”
A saga steeped in grandeur by: Stan Lee, Writer & Jack Kirby, Illustrator/ Delineated by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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The young god’s ship approaches the deadly Pillars of Utgard, of which it has been said to pass between means instant destruction. There is a fierce storm and some of the men wish to turn back, fearing the pillars. Thor refuses, insisting they push forward.

Meanwhile brave Balder drags a giant horn to the top of the ship’s figurehead for unknown reasons.

First Appearance: The Pillars of Utgard

Days of Thunder – September 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #120 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods “Set Sail!”
Truly a Marvel Masterwork! Told by: Stan Lee/ Drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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At long last, Thor and Loki actually set sail on their quest. Thor and Loki are immediately at each other’s throats. Meanwhile Magrat is predictably scheming, trying to convince Kroda, who appears to have a sweet cyborg eye, to assassinate Thor. Before he can strike, Hogun steps in and warns Kroda off. This all happens without being witnessed by Thor or Loki.

As the ship flies away, Odin soaks his feet and asks the Master of Prophesy if he made the right decision. The Master assures him that he has.

First Appearance:  The Master of Prophesy

Days of Thunder – August 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #119 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “Gather, Warriors!”
Written with Gallantry by Stan Lee/ Drawn with Greatness by Jack Kirby/ Inked with Grandeur by Vince Colletta/ Lettered with a Straight Face by Artie Simek.

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In this issue we meet Young Thor and Young Loki’s crew as they prepare to depart on their quest. There is, of course, Balder the Brave, but there are several volunteers brought on by Loki. They are: Hogun,the Grim; Fandral the Dashing; Kroda, the Duelist; Magrat, the Schemer; and Volstagg, the Enormous.

Apart from Balder, Thor seems to trust boastful Volstagg the most out of this lot. He seems eager for adventure and just as eager to spend some time away from his wife and fifteen children.

While the young men sail away on their ship, Odin reveals to his advisers three fearsome words that have been etched deep onto the walls of the imperial palace in giant letters. The simple message is this: “RAGNAROK IS COMING”.

Ragnarok is the end of the world itself. That which is to transpire upon the drawing of the Oversword. The time for which Surtur is always waiting. The day of the last battle.

First appearance: Hogun the Grim, Fandral the Dashing, Volstagg the Enormous, Kroda the Duellist, Magrat the Schemer

Days of Thunder – July 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #118 part 2

Tale of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Crimson Hand!”
Story by: Stan Lee The Legend Teller! Art by: Jack Kirby The Legend Maker! Inking by: Vince Colletta The Legend Portrayer! Lettering by: Sam Rosen The Letterer!

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Young Thor and Young Loki prepare for their quest to determine who cracked the Oversword of Asgard. Morduk, an Asgardian sage, has prepared a map for the brothers to follow on their journey. Morduk also gives Thor an enchanted crimson glove. When the wearer of the glove clasps the hand of another, neither party may speak anything but the full truth.

Thor meets up with Loki.  His brother is in the company of Braggi, chosen by Loki to be the overseer of the crew on their trip. Thor uses his new mystic Hand of Truth to shake the hand of Braggi who tells the godling that “I wish thee naught but harm, unsuspecting one! Once we have set sail, I shall smite thee from behind and slay thee!”

Thor beats on Braggi enough for the would-be assassin to flee in terror. Thor tries to use the glove on his brother, but Loki sees right through that blunt ruse and leaves his brother hanging. As Agnar blows the Dragon Horn of Asgard, the brothers prepare to depart on their voyage.

First Appearance: Morduk, Braggi, the Hand of Truth

Days of Thunder – June 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #117 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Gods! “The Sword in the Scabbard!”
Beginning: One of the greatest sagas of all time!! By: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby/ Inking: Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Young Thor and Young Loki are fighting due to Loki’s misdeeds when Odin summons them both to the room containing the Oversword of Asgard. The Oversword (also known as the Odinsword) is an absurdly large sheathed sword. Legend has it that if it ever leaves its sheath, the universe will come to an end.

Odin has brought his sons to the sword to show them a grim portent: There is a crack in the sheathed sword. Odin fears the worst, that some great malevolent force has created the crack, and will continue to do more damage to the sword, eventually bringing about the end of the universe. Odin commands his sons to seek out the cause of this crack and crush it utterly, whatever it may be.

First Appearance: The Oversword of Asgard

Days of Thunder – May 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #116 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Challenge”
Story: Stan Lee/ Pencilling: Jack Kirby/ Inking; Vince Colletta/ Lettering: Artie Simek

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Young Loki wants to make more secret allies after his success with Ghan. His second choice is King Hymir, an amazing looking dude with a fantastic hat. Young Loki and Young Thor are visiting the king on a diplomatic mission. Loki suggests to Hymir that Thor would be honor bound to accept any challenge posed to him by Hymir, who is famous for his evil challenges.

Hymir gives Thor two challenges, the penalty for failure being enslavement. First, Thor is tasked with catching a fish from the Sea of Eternal Darkness. Thor kills a giant sea monster with his giant hammer and calls the challenge completed.

The fish is just prelude for the main event. Thor is given two minutes to break a particular drinking goblet. It turns out that this goblet is enchanted so to protect it from harm. Thor’s solution is hurl the cup at Hymir so hard that it kills the king. Instead it strikes Hymir’s beautiful, beautiful hat and shatters against it, because the hat was the catalyst for the enchantment.

Thor has won the challenge and Loki has lost the favor of Hymir.  Hymir, nay, the world, has lost the greatest hat of all time.

First Appearance:  King Hymir, King Hymir’s hat

Days of Thunder – April 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #115 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “A Viper in Our Midst!”
Once Again, The Art of Illo-Drama Reaches The Pinnacle of Classic Perfection Under the Talented Hands of – Stan Lee, Writer/ Jack Kirby, Illustrator/ Vince Colletta, Delineator/ Artie Simek, Letter

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Young Thor leads a force of Asgardians to battle Ghan, most deadly of the Storm Giants. The Asgardians are winning the fight but before they can capture the Giant, he disappears. The warriors head home in defeat.

After the other Asgardians depart, Loki stays behind as  Ghan is revealed once more. A timely spell at the hands of the trickster was the reason for the Giant’s disappearance. Ghan thanks Loki for his aid and departs. Loki has made his brother look bad while winning himself a secret ally.

First Appearance: Ghan

Days of Thunder – March 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #114 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Golden Apples!
A Fabulous Featurette by the Greatest Names in Comicdom… Stan Lee & Jack Kirby/ Inking: Vince Coletta * Lettering: Artie Simek

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One day the Goddess Iduna, cloaked in a red hood,  travels through a forest to give The Golden Apples of Immortality to Odin. Along the way she meets Fenris the Wolf God (not to be confused with Skoll or Hati) in his human guise. He attempts to trick her into giving him the apples but she senses his animal nature: It is revealed in his hands, in his voice, and in his eyes.  Stan and Jack are doing a thing.

Discovered, Fenris reverts to wolf form, determined to take the Golden Apples. Before he can, Haakun the Hunter arrives on the scene and he attacks Fenris with his Enhanted Battle-Ax. Fenris runs to avoid the ax, but the weapon slices through the very fabric of infinity, hitting the target so hard that he is hurled into Varinheim, the seething shadowy land of the lost.

First Appearance: Haakun, Iduna, Fenris, Varinheim

Days of Thunder – February 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #113 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Boyhood of Loki!”
A Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Fabulous Featurette! Inked by: Vince Colletta/ Lettered by: Artie Simek

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10 Year Old Thor and his half-brother Loki are watching a quarterstaff tournament. Thor is impressed by the skill of Uller. Loki cannot bear to agree with he brother so he wagers that clumsy Volsak will win. After making his hasty wager, Loki realizes that Thor is right about Uller as he oh-so-often is.

Not wanting to lose face, Loki uses a spell that he recently learned from the Norn Witch Women to dismantle Uller’s weapon. This wins Volsak the tournament but the witchcraft was obvious.  Upset adults approach Thor and Loki, accusing Loki of cheating.

Thor speaks in his brother’s defense, angry that they assumed the worst of Loki and insisting that any punishment be shared between the brothers.  The crowd is so moved by Thor’s gallantry that the brothers are dismissed with no punishment.

Loki seethes with anger at how the two brothers are respectively treated while Thor is content, believing the matter settled. Thor suggests they race to the rainbow bridge on horse. Loki complains that Thor has the faster steed while Thor smugly counters that it is not merely the horse that matters but also the skill of the rider as he outraces Loki on his better horse. This is a perfect Thor and Loki story.

First Appearance: Uller, Volsak

Days of Thunder – January 1965: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #112 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Coming of Loki!”

Majestically written by: Stan Lee/ Magnificently drawn by: Jack Kirby/ Masterfully inked by: Vince Colletta/ Magnanimously lettered by Artie Simek

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Back when the universe was young, Odin needs to defeat many enemies in order to establish his reign. One such foe is Laufey, King of the giants of Jotunheim.  After a fierce battle, the forces of Jotunheim are defeated. Laufey attempts to regroup behind the defense of their castle, but Odin pursues his enemies back to their home and slays their king.

After the fighting ceases, Odin finds a baby. It is Loki, son of Laufey. Odin claims the child as his own, swearing him to forever be a son of Odin and the half-brother of Thor.

First Appearance: Laufey, Jotunheim, Baby Loki

Days of Thunder – December 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #111 part 2

Tales of Asgard: Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “The Secret of Sigurd!”

Superbly written by Stan Lee/ Supremely drawn by Jack Kirby/ Savagely inked by Vince Colletta/ Sagaciously lettered by Artie Simek

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One day Young Thor, Young Loki, and Young Balder are taking a shortcut through a forest when they meet Sigurd. Sigurd is a big hairy bloke who understandably wants these brash godlings out of his forest.  Thor doesn’t know him but Loki recognizes him, and Balder seems to have heard of him.

At Loki’s urging Thor picks a fight with Sigurd. Sigurd is holding his own until Balder remembers Sigurd’s secret power: Sigurd is the son of the Earth Sprites, and each time his body strikes the ground, they give him some of their power. So Thor hurls the poor bastard into outer space.

First Appearance: Sigurd

Days of Thunder – November 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #110 part 2

Tales of Asgard, Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! The Defeat of Odin!

Another towering triumph by Marvel’s talented titanic team: Stan Lee Writer/ Jack Kirby Illustrator/ Vince Colletta Delineator/ Art Simek Letterer

tales 110Odin and the warriors of Asgard are at war with humans who rebel against Asgardian rule. I think these humans are the same humans as the humans of Earth, but it is not clear. The Rebels are newly led by young Prince Rivvak, who is now leading them into battle against Odin’s forces for the first time.

The two armies approach each other on the Boiling Plain, a treacherous area filled with geysers of erupting fire. Odin’s forces appear to be getting the brunt of the fire spouts.  He orders a retreat, so as to protect their steeds from the deadly flames. As they depart Rivvak is celebrated by his men for driving off the enemy.

As they return home, Young Thor questions Odin as to why he he held back, why he didn’t do any number of things that would have won them the day. Odin reveals that he wanted the Rebels to win that day. He says “There must always be those with the fire of rebellion in their blood! There must alays be those who will fight an unbeatable enemy! Only thus can the race of man remain fearless and strong!…Men must never feel an enemy cannot be beaten!”

First appearance: The Rebels, Prince Rivvak The Fearless, The Boiling Plain

Days of Thunder – October 1964: Journey Into Mystery with The Mighty Thor #109 part 2

Tale of Asgard: Home of the Mighty Norse Gods! “Banished From Asgard!”
Presented by the greatest names in illo-dramatics: Stan Lee, Author/ Jack Kirby, Illustrator/ Vince Colletta, Delineator/ Sam Rosen, Letterer/ Living proof of the titantic talent which has made this series a smashing success!

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There comes a day in the midst of a war with the Mountain Giants when Odin publicly banishes Young Thor from Asgard for dueling or something. This catches the attention of Arkin the Weak, described as cousin of Loki, which since he is an Asgardian, not a Frost Giant, presumably means he is also Thor’s cousin.

Arkin is in love with Knorda, the Asgardian/Human-sized queen of the Mountain Giants. (Not to be confused with the Ice Giants, Storm Giants, or Rime Giants) He betrays his people by leaking this news of Thor’s banishment to her, in an attempt to curry her favor.

 

Knorda uses this intel to mount an ambush against a lone Thor.  When attacked by a band of Mountain Giants, Thor leads them on a merry chase. It ends when he uses their size against them, luring them into a trap.

The entire banishment was a ruse to ferret out a suspected traitor and not only have they captured the enemy’s queen, but they have discovered the betrayer. Knorda is a class act, and she accepts her defeat and capture with grace and honor.

First Appearance: Knorda Queen of the Mountain Giants, Arkin the Weak, The Mountain Giants